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Program Manager - Bio-Processing

Company: Draper Labs
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: November 24, 2022

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Program Manager - Bio-Processing

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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now Equal Employment OpportunityDraper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact


Draper's Commercial Bio office delivers first-of-a-kind solutions to advance patient access to life-saving medicines. We are developing novel technologies at the interface between biology, chemistry, and engineering, with a particular emphasis on advances in the manufacture of cell and gene therapies. We are seeking an experienced Program Manager who thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, delivering advanced technical solutions in support of biomedical needs. Responsibilities include deep expertise in execution of full lifecycle projects as well as identifying, capturing, and growing new business, managing customer engagement and leading transition of Draper's innovative solutions for commercial sponsors and government funding (NIH, NSF, etc). Description of Primary Responsibilities: Program Execution:

  • Lead engineering teams on ideation and development of mission-focused solutions with experience in agile-based management methods as well as traditional waterfall-style methods. Manage a portfolio of Commercial programs, meeting technical, cost, and schedule objectives and ensure that the teams are suitably resourced to execute effectively. Coordinate with internal support organizations to ensure that programs are fully compliant with Draper requirements.
  • Lead proposal efforts, including the development of work statements, schedules, budgets, and compelling technical approaches as well as IP capture.
  • Communicate status and challenges of laboratory operations to management and key stakeholders
  • Build and maintain a positive, collaborative and supportive workplace culture. Business Development and Marketing:
    • Provide insight/guidance to management team on current trends in the field cell therapy - methods, technologies, capabilities, manufacturing, market needs and competitive landscape.
    • Contribute to identifying, developing and managing strategic relationships with business partners/customer.
    • Represent the company and its science at industry meetings/conferences, serving as an ambassador in the scientific community to support Draper's mission and reputation.
    • Keeping current in the state of the field through reading of scientific journals, attending training courses and conferences, and participating in publication and research activities.


      Required Qualifications:
    • MS or PhD in Biomedical Engineering, or similar field, with a minimum of 3 years of experience in project or program management.
    • Significant experience writing proposals, making budgets, crafting SOWs.
    • Strong intellectual curiosity for exploring new technologies.
    • Ability to synthesize and integrate information from multiple sources, then make decisions to efficiently develop & execute a plan.
    • Proven people leadership skills that motivate individuals and interdisciplinary teams.
    • Demonstrated strong cross-functional team skills, supporting and communicating across departments (Engineering Management, Project Management, Legal, Contracts, etc.) to meet business goals.
    • Excellent computer, written/ verbal communication, organization, presentation, analytical, critical reasoning, editing, problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiating skills.
    • Experience in program/project management of R&D technology development activities
    • Experience in developing risk management plans, budgets, and schedules, and delivering presentations/reviews
    • Willingness to attain a US security clearance Preferred:
    • Knowledge of best practices and standards to drive process improvements in the derivation of cell and/or gene therapies, clinical manufacturing systems, and/or bioreactor development a plus.
    • Familiarity with regulatory requirements (CMC, GMP and Clinical) associated with development and production of cell therapy products a plus.
    • At least 2 years of experience in Business Development efforts.
    • Experience working in a matrixed environment. Security Requirement:
      • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance. #LI MD1

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